Music Classes for Toddlers & Preschoolers in Philadelphia: A Guide

 

The benefits of musical activities on a child’s development are well known, so we won’t belabor the point. Here’s a quick overview:

1). A recent study from USC found that children who began playing an instrument at a young age enjoyed accelerated auditory pathway development -- such development has been tied to an increased ability to read and learn languages.

2). The NAMM Foundation tied early childhood music education to achievement in math.

3). Studying music at a young age may be tied to higher SAT scores later in life (NAMM)

Of course, we don’t need abstract science and organization-funded studies to tell us that musical activities are fun, wholesome, and worthwhile.

If you are interested in getting your toddler or preschooler started with music classes in Philadelphia, here’s a guide -- if you know of another reputable program that we might have missed, let us know!

Music Classes At Play Arts 

Location: 1241 N. Front Street (Fishtown Area)

Ages: Classes for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Website: http://www.playartsphilly.com/classes

Caregiver Requirements: A parent or caregiver must be present

The Details: Classes are on select Saturdays, and the activities include singing, dancing, rhythm, lessons on musical concepts like tempo, and more.

Cost: $20 per class session

Music Classes For Kids At the Philly Art Center

Location: Locations in Queen Village & Fairmount

Ages: Classes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (up to age 3)

Website: https://public.phillyartcenter.com/public/MusicClasses.faces

Caregiver Requirements: Caregiver must be present

The Details: Children enjoy a 45 minute-long music class each Wednesday at one of the Philly Art Center’s locations. Kids will dance, since, chant, use rhythm instruments, and engage with one another in a musical setting.

Cost: $92/month

Songs For Seeds at NEST

Location: 1301 Locust Street Midtown Village, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (in the NEST location)

Ages: Classes for babies through 6 year-olds

Website: https://songsforseeds.com/pa/philadelphia

Caregiver Requirements: Caregiver must be present

Details: Songs For Seeds features a kid-friendly three-piece band that plays both original and popular tunes for the children to sing and dance along with. It’s interactive; children make art, experience magic tricks, and use drums and other rhythm instruments. Each session is 45 minutes long, and there is a Wayne, PA based location of Songs for Seeds as well.

Cost: $225 for a two month long registration.

Early Childhood Music Ed @ Philadelphia Folk Song Society

Location: 6156 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128

Ages: Classes for newborns through 5 years old

Website: https://pfs.org/our-organization/childrens-music-classes/

Caregiver Requirements: Parents or caregivers participate in activities

The Details: Children participate in 45 minute-long singalongs in which they are introduced to lullabies andfolksongs, and older toddlers and children use rhythm instruments and shakers. A brief introduction to music theory is also included.

Cost: $95 for month-long registration

Philly Music Babies

Location: 2111 E. Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Ages: Newborns through 3 year olds

Website: http://phillymusiclessons.com/phillymusicbabies-2/

Caregiver Requirements: Caregivers will participate in class

The Details: Children participate in mixed-age classes for 45 minutes at a time -- currently, these classes are offered on a pop-up basis. Older children will be introduced to guitars and other instruments, while younger kids will sing, dance, and use rhythm instruments.

Cost: Contact for details

Enchanted Music Together

Location: 701 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ages: Newborns through 3 year olds

Website: https://enchantedmusictogether.business.site/

Caregiver Requirements: Caregivers participate

The Details: In this chain music class business, adults and children alike participate in musical activities. Children play rhythm instruments, sing, and dance, and the mixed age environment allows for the development of leadership and social skills.

Cost: Contact for details

DoMiSol Kids Classes

Location: Locations in the Ethical Society of PA and the Old Pine Community Center

Ages: Classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Website: http://www.domisolkids.com/Welcome.html

Caregiver Requirements: Caregivers encouraged to participate

The Details: Children ages 0-5 enjoy eight 45-minute long music classes, in which they participate in both classical and pop music activities. They will be exposed to a variety of instruments, including keyboards and rhythm instruments.

Cost: $200-$250 for the first child per semester, 2nd child is $150

All Around This World Music Classes for Kids

Location: West Philly at Jay Sand’s house - contact for details

Ages: Babies

Website: https://www.allaroundthisworld.com/locations/west-philly-2/

Caregiver Requirements: Caregivers or parents participate

The Details: Jay Sands leads 45 minute-long singalong sessions that explore Jewish songs from around the world. The song content changes each semester, so stay tuned for details.

Cost: $175 for an 11-week session

Mister John’s Music

Location: 904 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Market)

Ages: Babies - 5 year-olds

Website: http://www.misterjohnsmusic.com/early-childhood/

Caregiver Requirements: Caregivers or parents participate, depending on the class

The Details: Mister John’s Music offers a variety of early childhood classes. The youngest children will experience an introduction to rhythm and call and response singing, and the older range will explore more advanced music concepts. See the full roster of classes find the right fit for your family.

Cost: Up to $175 for a 1.5 month-long program.

If you think of any other early childhood music classes in the area that we missed, please let us know — we’d love to include them. And of course, if your child graduates from class and would like to begin private piano lessons or voice lessons, get in touch!

 
Erika Gingery